Exploring the streets of New York

Street Photography is often identified with New York and the great pioneers of the art photographing here in the 1960s and 1970s. New York is still today one of the best western cities to shoot street photography thanks to its diversity of people and places. The streets are packed everyday and every corner offers a new perspective and new moments to photograph. You will be constantly inspired but also overwhelmed. Join us in an immersive and intensive exploration of the streets and people of New York: we will guide you in focusing your inspiration and finding the best shots. We will help you take your photography to a new level. The group will be limited to 8 participants and will be led by both of us.

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Each day we decide where to go, but will be visiting the following places:

  • Bronx
  • Soho
  • Greenwich Village
  • Coney Island
  • Chinatown
  • East Village

Mark is a National Geographic photographer and was a Nikon Ambassador for years. He has been running professional Street Photography Workshops for more than 10 years.

Flavio is a street photographer with more than 10 years of experience and a talent for teaching the craft. He has been running workshops in London and abroad for the last two years.

Our Travel Workshops are small, with a maximum of 8 people. Every day we split into groups of two and meet up regularly, we will spend time with you individually and mix up the groups regularly, so everyone gets a fair share of our time.

We’ll be with the group every step of the way, from when we meet in the morning, through to critique and dinner in the evening.

We will explore techniques including layering, good use of the environment around you, along with introducing compositional elements that will add depth and detail to your photography.

We’ll support you to get close to the action, helping you to overcome fears about approaching strangers.

Together we will develop your skills in photography, editing and post-processing, helping you to improve all aspects enabling you to create strong and compelling images.

We offer you candid and constructive feedback on a regular basis during the workshop, challenging and stretching you to become a better photographer.

Our workshops are immersive, we visit incredible locations, off the beaten track, getting close to people and places, letting you take shoot photographs you have dreamt of.

You’ll come away with a great understanding of street photography and the elements that make up a great street photograph.

You will finish the course with a strong set of images and a small portfolio that captures the place you have visited.

We stay in touch with most course participants and encourage you to take up personal documentary and street projects that are close to you. We also run a public Facebook group called ‘Shoot The Street’, where you are free to upload both your course images and others you may have taken.

We generally start early in the morning and stay out as long as participants like, then review our images each evening in a group session.

On the first day there will be an introductory briefing about the week ahead, highlighting what we will be looking for and where we will be going each day. We will also give a small presentation on street photography and techniques we can use to produce an interesting portfolio. We will talk about moments, layering, light, working the shot, background selection and more.

Optionally, Flavio can do a morning refresher session on camera settings and controls for street photography on the first day and an evening session on editing and post processing  for street photography.

This workshop is street and travel photography based, with an encouragement to shoot un-posed images containing people in a context that shows the viewer an image that tells a story. Whilst we do take street portraits, this is not the focus of the workshop, but it is fine when kept in context.

We will be with you every step of the way, from when we meet in the morning through to critique and dinner in the evening. We will split in rotating groups of two throughout the day so we will have a chance to shoot with each of the participants but also you will have the opportunity to have some quality 1-2-1 time with us.

What photographic experience do you need?

These workshops are geared towards photographers with at least a basic understanding of the exposure triangle and having familiarity with the camera controls. Although technical advice will be given we won’t be able to concentrate on grasping the basics.

What gear will be needed?

We normally shoot light with one camera body and a single prime lens.

Any camera model/make will be fine, but we encourage the use of a prime lens of choice among 28mm, 35mm or 50mm in full frame terms (that would be around 18mm, 23mm and 35mm in APS-C terms). If you feel more comfortable shooting with a zoom it’s fine.

A laptop with a post-processing program installed, Lightroom or similar. We strongly advise also installing PhotoMechanic for the initial editing: it will save a lot of time. They offer a free 30 day trial, so we suggest installing it just before the workshop date and learning the very basics to be ready for the workshop.

No flash, tripods, long and telephoto lenses will be needed: travel light and you will enjoy the day much more.

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